Lawrence County mother pleads not guilty to toddler's murder

Updated: Jan. 5, 2017 at 8:25 PM CST
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LAWRENCE COUNTY, AL (WAFF) - The two suspects in the death of a Lawrence County toddler were set to face a judge Thursday morning, but only one of those hearings happened.

Chelsea Fike was indicted for felony murder and reckless murder in December for the death of her 2-year-old son, Ian Calhoun. Her former boyfriend, Evan Berryman, was arrested and charged with capital murder in March of last year, 19 months the child's death.

Fike and Berryman are also accused of abuse involving her daughter.

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Fike pleaded not guilty through her attorney. She is free on bond.

On Thursday, Judge Mark Craig granted the request from Berryman's attorney for a continuance of his arraignment hearing until a later date.

Ian Calhoun's official cause of death is blunt force trauma to the head, torso, and his lower and upper extremities. In addition to two murder counts, his mother faces three counts of aggravated child abuse.

Her attorney, Brian White, said if a jury hears both sides, she will be vindicated.

"She didn't do anything and she didn't neglect these children. She was at work when Ian died. She didn't know anything about what happened. That's something that will be borne out in evidence in trial.," he said.

The Lawrence County District Attorney's Office has not declared whether Fike and Berryman will be tried together or separately. White said If there are two trials, he expects Berryman's would happen first.

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